I don’t know why producers of new Housewives franchises look at Beverly Hills when they’re planning their shows. They think that it’s all going to be glamorous, and that the behind the scenes stuff that comes out in the press will legitimise the cat fights and bitchiness. In reality, RHOBH has gotten super depressing because all the fighting goes down “behind the scenes” (i.e. in the press) and causes an information overload for viewers who get sick of seeing it.
(That’s my theory on why RHOBH’s ratings have tanked as well, since they coasted on Russell’s suicide for Season 2, and kept Kim and Taylor on past that, when they should have kept Camille.)
The series’ producers should look to is Atlanta, because all the fighting goes on on camera, and if there’s something done off season they’ll address it when the cameras are back up. That’s why the ratings are high for RHOA (and pretty consistent for RHONJ - they lost viewers for the Melissa vs Teresa storyline which just dragged on forever.) It might be “ghetto”, but there must be a reason why Atlanta increases their ratings season-on-season, because the character investment is there. People generally like Kandi and Phaedra. Kenya might be crazy but she draws in viewers (further to my point I made when Seasom 5 started that she is Danielle Staub in blackface.) Nene is losing fans because the over-the-top, no holds barred ‘NayNay’ from Seasons 1-3 has gotten all fancy because she was on Glee.
My point is: you need to have drama on camera that (at least to the viewer) gives a “real” narrative that allows for investment in the “characters” that you’re wanting to set up.
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